Tuesday, April 2: USA – Warsaw
Transatlantic flight to Warsaw, Poland.
Wednesday, April 3: Warsaw
Welcome to Warsaw! Your city tour begins with St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, where Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko was brutally murdered by militant security police in 1984. Afterwards, walk along the streets of Old Town. Admire the Castle Square with its Royal Castle, the Old Town Market Square, and the Barbican and City Walls. Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Warsaw’s oldest church, and the Church of St. Anna. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in the Old Town. (WD)
Thursday, April 4: Warsaw – Swinice Warckie – Niepokalanow – Czestochowa
Morning departure for Czestochowa. Drive to Swinice Warckie to visit St. Casmir parish church where St. Faustina, who spread the devotion of the Divine Mercy, was baptized. Continue to the Franciscan Monastery of Niepokalanow, founded in 1927 by St. Maximilian Kolbe, a martyr from the death camp in Auschwitz. Meet the priests from the Niepokalanow Sanctuary and visit the museum of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Continue to Czestochowa for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Friday, April 5: Czestochowa – Jasna Gora – Auschwitz – Wadowice – Krakow
Early morning visit to Jasna Gora Monastery, Poland’s premier pilgrimage site known as the Black Madonna Shrine. Then, drive to the Nazi concentration Camp of Auschwitz, where St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein) faced martyrdom and St. Maximilian Kolbe died in the Death Block from starvation after offering his life for that of a fellow prisoner. Next, travel to Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II. Visit his family house (museum) and the church where he was baptized and attended Mass. Afterwards proceed to Krakow for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Saturday, April 6: Krakow
Today, embark on a walking tour of Krakow. Begin with the Market Square, laid out in 1257. It is one of the largest in Europe and includes museums, galleries, and historic sites, as well as more modern shops and cafes. Then, visit the Royal Castle of Wawel Hill, which served for more than 500 years as the seat of the Polish kings. Finally, visit Wawel Cathedral. Admire the impressive St. Stanislaus Shrine, Sigismund Chapel, Holy Cross Chapel, the Cathedral Treasury, and the Royal Crypts. The remains of St. Stanislaus, bishop and martyr and the first Polish saint, and St. Hedwig, queen of Poland in the 14th century, are also venerated here. Tonight dinner is on your own. (BB)
Sunday, April 7: Krakow – Lagiewniki – Krakow
This morning, visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy. It was here that St. Faustina (1905-1938) received the directive from Our Lord to spread the devotion to His Divine Mercy through the image which can be venerated at this church. St. Faustina’s relics can also be found here. Visit the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy in Lagiewniki, where St. Faustina lived and died. Afterwards, the rest of the day is at leisure in Krakow. Tonight you may enjoy one of the many great restaurants in this beautiful city. (BB)
Monday, April 8: Krakow – Zakopane
Full day excursion to Zakopane, the winter capital of Poland. There, visit the beautiful, wooden Fatima shrine church, built by the local people to thank God for saving Pope John Paul II’s life. Continue to the typical highlanders’ village of Koscielisko and visit the local timber church and then to the Morskie Oko Lake, nestled deep in the mountains. Dinner and overnight in Zakopane. (BB, D)
Tuesday, April 9: Zakopane – Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – Wieliczka Salt Mine – Krakow
Return to Krakow via Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, the Polish Jerusalem. It is the oldest Calvary in Poland and one of the most impressive Passion and Marian sanctuaries in the country. It consists of 40 chapels, set on the surrounding hills and built in the 17th century. South of the monastery are the famous Calvary paths, with churches, chapels, and wayside shrines. The Zebrydowski Chapel houses the miraculous painting of Our Lady of Kalwaria. Afterwards, travel to Wieliczka, famous for its ancient salt mine which was opened 700 years ago and is still being exploited today. See the ancient underground chambers, saline lakes, wooden mining machines and underground buildings. The most impressive of these is the Chapel of St. Kinga, with altarpieces, chandeliers and sculptures made of salt. Dinner and overnight in Krakow. (BB, D)
Wednesday, April 10: Krakow
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore beautiful Krakow. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with live folkloric dancing. (BB, FD)
Thursday, April 11: Return to USA
Transfer to Krakow airport to take your transatlantic flight home.
(BB) Buffet Breakfast; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome Dinner; (FD) Farewell Dinner
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